2THE THREE BASIC THINGS YOU NEED SET UP A HAM SHACKTHE THREE BASIC THINGS YOU NEEDTransceiverPowerAntenna
3APROACH TO SETTING UP A SHACK SET UP A HAM SHACKAPROACH TO SETTING UP A SHACKMinimalistPoorly designed, uncomfortable, poorly working radioExtremeMoney no objectPalatial shackJust Right
4Convenience to operator SET UP A HAM SHACKSHACK LOCATION ISSUESComfort of operatorQuiet - noise both waysTemperature, humidityAccess to antennaConvenience to operator
5POTENTIAL SHACK LOCATIONS SET UP A HAM SHACKPOTENTIAL SHACK LOCATIONSBasementToo cold in winterToo damp – bad for equipmentBut comfortable in summerAtticToo hot in summerOuthouse ShackGreat for privacyMust furnish Heat/ACSecurity?Spare BedroomBest all around for comfortNot good if someone ends up sleeping on floor!
6All important items within reach Plenty of tabletop room SET UP A HAM SHACKSHACK LAYOUT ISSUESAll important items within reachPlenty of tabletop roomRoom for laptopAC / HeatComfortable chairA Window is niceL shape or U shaped counterRig and keyboard in front, monitor above
7Backup transceiver or 2nd receiver Amplifier SET UP A HAM SHACKEQUIPMENT TO CONSIDERTransceiverBackup transceiver or 2nd receiverAmplifierComputer (desk or laptop?)VHF stationRotor controlAntenna switchExternal fansWattmeterAntenna TunerTV (for those slow hours!)
8Antenna in location to minimize feed line runs SET UP A HAM SHACKANTENNASWho are you talking to?Don't need much to talk to a bunch of guys statesideNeed significant antenna to work DX or contest with reliabilityAntenna in location to minimize feed line runsYagi on 10-20m definitely helps!Antennas: maximum height but minimal visibilityHave multiple antennas per bandBackup in case of failureAllows monitoring while operatingSafety is paramount
9How high should be antenna be? SET UP A HAM SHACKANTENNA QUESTIONSHow high should be antenna be?If it didn’t fall down last year, it ain’t high enough!
10If I run a wire through the attic will I be able to talk to people? SET UP A HAM SHACKANTENNA QUESTIONSIf I run a wire through the attic will I be able to talk to people?Sometimes.And you can also get around town on roller skates in lieu of a car.
11SET UP A HAM SHACKANTENNA QUESTIONSI live in a development which doesn’t allow antennas. What should I do?Move.
12RG-8 / RG-214 feed line for HF runs SET UP A HAM SHACKFEED LINERG-8 / RG-214 feed line for HF runsBest compromise of loss and costRG-214 or even hard line for VHF runsRuns over 75 feet require expensive hard lineLadder line for dipolesLow loss can tolerate high SWR on antennaMost shacks have a combination of all of the above!
13FEED LINE INSTALLATION ISSUES SET UP A HAM SHACKFEED LINE INSTALLATION ISSUESHow long is the feed line run?How to you get from shack to antenna?Feed line best run through basement or atticProvides access through wall with weather and bug proofingProblems?Not allowed to drill through wall (rental?)Twin-lead - cannot be run insideSolutionUse window access panel - not great, but acceptable
14OTHER IMPORTANT SHACK ITEMS SET UP A HAM SHACKOTHER IMPORTANT SHACK ITEMSGrounds!Electrical safety ground (3-wire plug)Common RF ground: braid to cold water pipeEPO Switch - good idea for safetyTelephone wiring and location - RFI surpressionComputer LANCable/Satellite TV - for those long nights!Refrigerator - for the cold onesFire extinguisher – when conditions get hot!